Okay I get the whole face painting thing, I do, but to be honest my festival beauty priorities are more about making sure I don’t get sunburnt like a lobster and avoiding a yeast infection now I’m knocking on a bit. So far, so glamorous.
Joking aside, it’s not all Femfresh and sunblock. I’m off to the Green Man festival in Wales this year and mostly I would like to be channeling a less-is-more luminous skin look with a dose of a multipurpose flush I can dab onto my cheeks and my lips with minimum risk when I’ve drunk three pints of cider and am starting to lose use of my faculties (see exhibit A, Emma and I at Latitude circa 2007 – and yes, gargantuan sunglasses were in).
True, I will seriously have to scale down my 10-step, Korean-inspired skincare routine and maybe make use of a wipe *sharp intake of breath* albeit it one I know won’t bring me out in a rash – thank god for Ole Henriksen. I will also pack a practical, but non-sticky, hand sanitiser that somehow makes it okay to be grappling with the handle of a portaloo one second, then running my fingers through my hair the next. Body Shop’s Absinthe is by far the best I’ve tried. Oh, and hair: well I’m pretty blessed with super-short locks but even I’ll struggle to go completely sans haircare, so I’ll brace myself for a cold-tap cleanse using my beloved Purely Perfect.
So, without further ado, here is my wonder kit of festival beauty essentials than blend both a bit of laissez faire bohemian charm with the practicalities that a 30-something female like me has come to rely upon. And with an image of that legendary Corinne Day Glastonbury shoot in my mind’s eye, it’s into the Brecon Beacons I boldly go.
Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Wipes, £6, make festival cleansing luxurious.
For stings, scrapes and chapped lips it’s Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment, £4.95, all the way.
NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30, £28, gives decent coverage, a dewy finish and all important sun protection.
Rub a bit of RMS Lip to Cheek in Beloved, £28, directly onto your lips and cheeks sans mirror.
I have never, ever burned using Institut Esthederm Adaptasun SPF, £27.60. Worth the splurge.
LUSH Aromaco Solid Deoderant, £4.75 per 100g, is to date the most effective natural deo I’ve tried, have literally just discovered it.
Superdrug Irritated Eye Drops, £3.49, for hayfever and hangover relief.
Neal’s Yard Citronella Spray, £8.75, to keep the bugs at bay.
This Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameloen Golden Quartz, £18, is like a supersoft shadow in a stick – foolproof and defines eyes without the need to faff with mascara.
Use The Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand Gel, £2.50, so you don’t feel like you’re entering a hospital ward…
Vichy Eau Thermale water spray, £7, affords on the spot heat relief, also good when you can’t be arsed to queue for the tap.
Muji eye mask, £3.95, so you don’t wake up at 5am when the sun starts shining through your canvas.
When I’ve got fuzzy festival head I’ll use a dab of Origins Peace of Mind, £13, on my temples to clear the fug.
Aesop skincare samples, complimentary in store IF you ask nicely, so you won’t have to lug full size serums etc to the shower block.
Photography: Andy Hill